Cork Sea Angling Club‘s Kevin McGowan reports on a social visit to a new rock mark…

Ray-ny day

So my self and Noel Cashman decided to head to a new rock mark. I was told it was good for plaice, flounder, bass and the odd ray. The winds were south westerly and the rain was so bad Guy Cotton couldn’t keep it out. Where we fished was well sheltered from the harsh westerly wind. We fished two hours of the out going tide and two hours in and on first cast for Noel, he hooked a nice ray but unfortunately 20 feet out it came off I was gutted.

It wasn’t long when my rod tip on my new fish anywhere rod (thanks James Raymond beautiful rod) bent over and bounced back. I knew I had to get him in otherwise Noel would never have left me forget it. Turned out to be a nice thornback ray.

After that we got a bit hungry so I decided to head up to the local chipper and get two nice cod and chips and just as I was digging into that my rod tip went again this time it was a painted ray. It was getting interesting now.

As the tide started to fill I moved to a rock mark and I ended up with a dog and another thornback and just as we decided to call it and move to a pier, Noel ended up with a really nice painted ray.

At the end of the session we had 2 painted, 2 thornback, 3 dogs, dab and coalie. The traces used 3 hook flappers and up and over pulleys for the rays, Bait was rag, mackerel and sandeel. Bring on the next session!

Go fishing…

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